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Research Thesis Topic

Dust Suppression Technology For Mining Areas in Queensland

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Dust Suppression Technology For Mining Areas in Queensland


Suppression of dust generated by high traffic levels on dirt roads in mining areas is usually achieved via boom and nozzle application of substantial quantities of water from bowser trucks. This can be expensive in terms of fuel, water and labour requirements. A review needs to be carried out covering the reported efficacies of the current range of commercially available dust suppression adjuvants. Dust suppression adjuvants, which are mainly water based polymer emulsions, are claimed to reduce the frequency of water applications necessary for a required dust suppression level. To properly assess the efficacy of products on dirt roads in mining areas, experimental field trials are required which deploy Automatic Weather Stations, dust monitoring units and traffic activity recording units. AWS instrumentation would include atmospheric stability measurement capability. The field data obtained from a number of mining localities could also be compared to best available dispersion models

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Research Affiliations
  • Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
  • International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences
  • National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
  • School of Engineering and Built Environment

Field of Research
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Management

Available Academic Programs
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)
  • Master of Research (MRES)

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